Alaska has the “Big Five”: grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves and Dall sheep. And on a cruisetour, you have the opportunity to see them all. In Denali National Park and Preserve, all five reside with red foxes, arctic squirrels and more than 160 species of birds that migrate during the summer.
A stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Alyeska reveals native animals that have been orphaned, injured or displaced—all under expert care to be reintroduced to the Alaskan wild. Animals vary by season, but you’ll definitely see bears with a chance of caribou, moose calves, fawns, porcupines, birds and lynx.
Further south, wildlife flourishes in the port of Seward with its jagged cliffs, forested mountains and surrounding glaciers. There, you can take the Resurrection Bay Wildlife Cruise to get close to the shore and see sea otters, sea lions and whales—with puffins, Dall sheep and seabirds sitting nearby. Then, head to the Alaska SeaLife Center to learn more about harbor seals, coho salmon, wolf eels, and even Pacific octopus and red king crab. You may get to see a feeding of one of these animals, too.
Oh, and we can’t forget to mention Alaska’s Inside Passage, where you can see wildlife along the protected waterway.